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Belluzzo and his claims in 1950. In Italian
or English (automatic translation).
Two great Italian-language books about the history of
UFO sightings and the saga of "flying saucers" in 1950 and 1952,
in Italy and in the world. Both features long chapters about the claims
of would-be inventors of the "German saucers".
The 1950 Volume
The 1952 Volume
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Giuseppe Belluzzo was a noted turbine
expert (born in Verona, on November 25, 1876), whose nearly 50 books
and many patents were highly considered. During the Fascist
government he was elected at the Parliament and was even appointed
Minister of the National Economy between 1925 and 1928. He built the
very first Italian steam turbines, later enhancing them for
installation on cruisers and battleships. He died in Rome on May 21st,
Here it is the original article published
on the Italian daily "Il Giornale d'Italia" on March 24-25,
His claims to a journalist of the Associated Press news
agency arrived just during the very first Italian (and European) UFO
wave, in the spring of 1950. The day after several newspapers published
the Belluzzo's claims, often on their first page. "Il Corriere
della Sera", "La Nazione", "Il Messaggero",
"La Stampa" and "La Gazzetta del Popolo" just
to name a few. The Belluzzo's interview was published that same day
by many other newspapers in the USA and some other countries.
of the Belluzzo's idea of his circular turbo-powered aircraft (sketches
by the Italian writer Alberto Fenoglio, 1951).
The "pipes" installed on the edge of the disc had a variable
diameter. The air resulted accelerated when flowing through them.
In the largest section of each pipe some oil was sprayed and then
ignited. The temperature raised quickly and at the end of the pipe
the air reached a speed around 700 meters/sec., able to supply a 400
meters/sec. rotation speed to the whole circular aircraft. When the
oil was over, the craft fell quickly down to the ground with its explosive
payload. Antoher version reported the unmanned craft as a "flak
Because of the Associated Press dispatch
dated March 24 and written by the AP correspondent in Rome (Mr. Frank
Brutto), his claims were published in some European newspapers,
including Germany. It is likely there could have been some possible
"influence" of the Belluzzo claims on Schriever and his
interview with the "Der Spiegel" magazine, published just
a few days later (March 30, 1950). The near synchronicity of both
stories looks quite odd, but possible. Claims of wonder German super-weapons
were popular in the years following the end of WWII.
More, one of the favorite hypothesis to explain the then new "flying
saucer" enigma was just the "secret weapon" one, including
that saying Russian had captured secret German technology and later
flown it successfully.The
original article told that some circular aircraft had been studied
and designed since 1942 in Italy and Germany. By 1950 it should
has been developed far enough to be able to deliver atom bombs. It
was ten meter across, unmanned and made from very light metals.
A detailed sketch of
the Belluzzo's disc was published on the newspaper "Il Mattino
dell'Italia Centrale" on March 27, 1950.
Another daily, "Il Corriere d'Informazione" dated March
29-30 published a summary of such claims, plus a statement by the
former Air Force general Ranza, who denied the Belluzzo story.
He told that in 1942 (the same year when the "saucer"
was designed) he was in charge of a department of the Italian Air
Force devoted to the study of new tecnologies. At that time he was
aware of the possible development of cutting-edge technologies like
the V-weapons and the atom bomb, but he never heard anything about
a "flying saucer".
The daily "Il Giornale d'Italia"
published another interview with Belluzzo on March 31, 1950 (reprinted
by some other newspapers the day after). The interview was even
made by a representative of the Italian Parliament, Mr. Umberto
Branchi. Belluzzo claimed that the planned aircraft could fly at
about 10,000 meters of altitude for 2,000 Kilometers.
Another article about the Belluzzo
saucer was published on April 2 by the daily "La Sicilia",
while another interview to Belluzzo was published in May 1951 by
the popular monthly "Scienza e Vita". He was much more
cautios with his claims: the development of a man-made "flying
saucer" was possible, but the atom bomb and the missiles jeopardized
its real effectiveness.
few days after Belluzzo's claims, an obscure Italian daily ("Il
Nuovo Cittadino", April 5, 1950) featured a letter from a reader,
a Mr. Lino Saglioni.
He claimed the Belluzzo story was correct and he was one of the British
commandos trained to be sent to a remote site in North-East Norway,
where Germans were developing the original Italian idea.
The guy didn't join the commando force, which was completely destroyed
during its mission. Renato Vesco links such a story with the development
of his never-confirmed "Feuerball" and "Kugelblitz"
circular aircrafts. Mr. Saglioni (whose original letter was sent to
the daily "Il Giornale dell'Emilia") was never investigated,
so serious doubts about the historical reality of his claims still
Renato Vesco himself had a couple of letters
exchanged with such a gentleman, but it seems that nothing special
came out. The story was resumed one year later on the pages of the
aeronautical magazine "ALI" (1951) by Alberto Fenoglio,
a rocket amateur who wrote a book (1950) and several articles about
German Secret Weapons of WWII in the late '50s on the pages of an
Italian rocket and space magazine "Oltre il Cielo".
Some of Fenoglio's claims appeared unsubstantiated, others highly
suspicious (as well as some possible fakes about ancient UFO sightings
and other incidents in Russia) and mostly taken by earlier books and
newsclippings. The whole story, thanks to Fenoglio, evolved even more.